The Sky is the Limit for Senior Dreams to Come True
By Denise RockensteinEighty-three-year-old Perley Bouscaren recently made her initial skydive from 13,000 feet, with the assistance of Tandem Master Dennis Dyminsk. The event was made possible by the Clearlake, Calif., assisted-living facility Orchard Park's "Dream Day" program and Clearlake Police Lt. Mike Hermann. Bouscaren joined a special group when she made her jump at the Parachute Center in Lodi. She has become an official "JOE," which stands for Jumpers Over Eighty. Her jump will be mentioned in an article Hermann is currently writing for publication in Parachutist Magazine. Bouscaren also qualifies for membership in the United States Parachute Association. Bouscaren was calm before her 2.5-mile jump, which sent her plummeting from the sky at 120 miles an hour. "I'm looking forward to the thrill," she stated. Orchard Park Administrator Kimberly Kent and Activity Director Evelyn Mullen also jumped with her. In addition, Hermann--a longtime skydiver who helped finance Bouscaren's jump--jumped in Bouscaren's group.
November 12, 2008